Wheelers News

14 December 2018
Issue Twenty   respect Excellence Creativity
Principal's Page
Assistant Principals' Page
What's Coming Up Next
Performing Arts 
Middle School
Wheelers Hill Secondary College
(03) 9561 5811
Raphael Drive
Wheelers Hill, Victoria, 3150

Principal's Page

2018 Presentation Evening, Tuesday 18th of December

We are looking forward to our Presentation Evening next week (18/12, 7:00pm) at the Drum Theatre in Dandenong.  Our Presentation Evening is one of our most important events on the College Calendar allowing us to recognise student achievement across all learning areas and in a number of co-curricular activities from Year 7 to 12.  

As part of the Presentation Evening, please be reminded that we have Susan Alberti as our key note speaker.  We are incredibly fortunate to have Susan as part of the night.  Susan has achieved so much in her life and we are really looking forward to hearing her message to our College Community as part of our Presentation Evening.  

All families are invited to this very special event.  Please contact the General Office if you have any queries.

Building Program - Gym and Performing Arts Complex

The completion date for the Gym and Performing Arts Complex is now mid January, 2019.  We were hoping to be able to at least move some of our resources into the Complex by the end of this year but this will no longer be possible.  We are expecting to be able to use this state of the art facility when classes resume in 2019.

On another note, works to modernise the VCE Centre have commenced with works here expected to be completed during March, 2019.

Monitoring Student Progress - Assessment and Reporting

Please be informed that the student End of Semester Reports will be made available via Compass on Friday 21st of December. 

It is timely to recognise our staff.   We really value the commitment shown by all of our staff as they have helped our students to grow with their learning in 2018.  We thank all our class room teachers and support staff for all of their hard work through the year in teaching and caring for our students.

Orientation Day, 2018

We welcomed our new Year 7 students to the College as part of the State Wide Orientation Day (11/12/18) earlier this week.

We again have strong enrolment numbers coming into Year 7 for 2019 with over 120 students expected.  The Orientation Day was very successful with our new Year 7 students enjoying the activities provided, together with being given the opportunity of touring the College and meeting staff and student leaders.

We welcome our new Year 7 students to Wheelers Hill Secondary College and we are sure that they like our other students at the College will strive 'to be the best that they can be' with their learning.

WHSC, 1980 - 2020 : 40th Anniversary Celebrations

In the last edition of the Newsletter, I made mention of our 40th Anniversary Celebrations.  We have set a date for 25/10/20.  The date is just under two years away however the level of organisation required for these sorts of events is significant.

We have had some interest from our College Community to assist us with this special celebration of our school.  Again, if any parents and students (past or present) would like to assist with this event, please contact the General Office to register your interest.

Value of the Week - Excellence

Our value of Excellence aligns with our very special Presentation Evening next week (18/12, 7pm).  We congratulate student award winners in advance on their wonderful achievements across a number of subject and co-curricular areas in 2018.  Well done to all of our student award winners.

And finally......

I would like to wish our College Community all the very best for the up and coming holiday period.  We enjoy terrific support from our families.  I thanked staff earlier for their commitment to student learning, and I also thank our parents and guardians for working so well in partnership with us to deliver quality outcomes for our students.  

Please stay safe and enjoy the holiday period with families and friends.  I look forward to working with everyone in our College Community in 2019 to deliver quality learning and co-curricular opportunities for all of our students,










Aaron Smith


Assistant Principals' Page

Supporting Our Children with Responsible Use of Social Media

Given the high volume of students who utilise the plethora of social media platforms, it is timely given the upcoming extended holiday to remind parents that if their child is experiencing any issues via these platforms, parents and students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the following websites:


These sites contain a range of resources for both parents and students, along with security and reporting information.

Given the 24/7 access students have to social media platforms, as educators and parents, we need to make every effort to ensure our children are using these platforms in a responsible and respectful manner. Evidence suggests that during extended holiday periods when children are experiencing significant downtime from their regular activities, there is a spike in social media usage.

Please be vigilant with respect to your childrens usage of social media as a means of remaining connected with their peers during the holiday period.

To ensure children continue to feel connected while having a break from their regular schedules, you may consider some of the following:

* Encourage regular physical activity away from screen time

* Face to face catch ups with their friends

* Regular family activities

*Visiting relatives or grandparents

* Joining holiday activity programs

* Encouraging responsibilities within the household

Financial Services support for those experiencing family violence.

If any members of our school community are experiencing family or domestic violence, help is available: contact 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732, a 24 hour, free support service.

Many of the banks, including Bank Australia and Bank First,  provide support to those experiencing family violence, To access free financial counselling advice, ring the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007. Financial counsellors provide advice and support about managing debts.

The Commonwealth bank has the following program.  Please check with your own banks for support if required:

If you or someone you know is in an unsafe domestic violence situation and you have been with the Commonwealth Bank for more than 6 months, you have access to a Domestic and Family Violence Grant.

You receive $1000 in VISA cards to use for accommodation or bond for a new place of residence and $500 Coles voucher for food and a little phone to put your sim in, in case your abuser has your phone tracked. They will post it to any SAFE address you give them, and they will also get you in touch with counselling services.

This could potentially save a life, so please share this information with the people that you know.


End-of-Year Arrangements

During the last week of the term (17th to 20th December), the College will not be holding formal classes and an alternative program will be running.

Should circumstances make it impossible for students to attend this program, we ask that parents/guardians inform the College of any absences using Compass or by contacting the General Office directly.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the College on 9561 5811.

Leadership Camp

On the 6th and 7th December, the student leaders for 2019 were able to participate in a Leadership camp. College Captains, House Captains, Arts Captains, Middle School Leaders, Peer Support Leaders and Student Voice Representatives were able to participate in morning sessions at the school to help them start their planning for their roles in 2019. We thank the staff who ran these sessions with the students - Ms Hodgkinson, Ms Lay, Ms Lentini, Miss McMahon, Ms Palmer, Ms Pryde and Mrs Robinson. Once at the camp, students persisted despite the hot weather to participate in a range of activities designed to develop their leadership skills, such as a high ropes course to allow students to challenge themselves to overcome their fears and demonstrate their teamwork skills by showing support for their peers on the course. A particular highlight was the raft-making activity, where students were given a limited amount of time and materials to design and create a raft that could carry students down a river. This tested students' ability to negotiate with each other, reach a group decision and allocate roles so that everything could be accomplished in the given time. We were also able to run leadership sessions with the students, including activities on the power and importance of student voice and different styles of leadership. Thank you to the staff who attended this camp - Ms Barrie, Ms Hodgkinson, Ms Jepson, Miss McMahon, Ms Palmer and Mr Shepherd. We look to forward to seeing the impact our leaders will have next year!


A Holiday Poem

Tis the week before Christmas, we're all going nuts;
With so much to do, there's no ifs, ands or buts.
Buy presents, hang tree lights, pop cards in the mail,
Send gift packs, thread popcorn, find turkeys on sale.

Decorations need stringing up all through the house.
And you haven't a clue what to buy for your spouse.
School concerts, receptions, open houses with friends,
Long line-ups, short tempers, tying up the loose ends.
Take time for yourself-though hard as that seems—
Enjoy your kids' laughter, excitement and dreams.
Take a moment out now, don't get overly riled,
Instead make an angel in sand with your child.

The shortbread can wait, and so can the tree;
What's important to feel is a child's sense of glee.
The holidays aren't about push, rush and shove;
They're for friendship and sharing and family love.

Hear the bells, feel the warmth, light up with the glow
Of a message first sent to us so long ago:
Peace, love and goodwill, and hope burning bright.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

(With apologies to Clement Clark Moore)

Wishing all of our College community a safe and enjoyable holiday season.


Mrs Judy Anderson & Mr Andrew Dixon   

Assistant Principals

What's Coming Up Next


  • Year 8 End-of-Year Program
  • Year 9 into 10 Transition
  • Year 7 Movies/Bowling/Shopping
  • Year 8 Luna Park
  • Year 6 into 7 Family Transition Session



  • Year 7, 8, 9 End-of-Year Program


  • Presentation Evening
  • Year 7, 8 , 9 End-of-Year Program


  • Year 7, 8, 9 End-of-Year Program


  • Year 7, 8, 9 End-of-Year Program
  • End of Term 4

January 30th 2019

  • Term 1 Starts

Performing Arts 

The Future of the Performing Arts

We keep saying it... nothing tests your creativity than being without a Performing Arts Space for a year! Despite the lack of a venue, the fantastic performing arts team and students put on some spectacular events! From VCE showcases, Cabaret Nights, Instrumental Music Lessons and concerts, and of course our Musical Production. Just scratching the surface of some of the major accomplishments of the year! 

We'll be back in 2019, bigger and better than ever! With a full range of VCE Performing Arts classes, Instrumental Music Lessons and of course, Singin' in the Rain, we can guarantee there will be plenty of opportunities for our young artists to shine on stage! There may also be something new and exciting in the works... but we'll keep you hanging on for that announcement...


Congratulations to all students who were involved in some capacity in the program. We look forward to seeing you all shine in 2019 and beyond!


Genelle Lentini

Performing Arts Leader

Middle School

Middle School Matters

As 2018 finishes we have the opportunity to reflect on the growth of our students, academically and socially while developing skills to allow all to “Be the Best they Can Be”.

Our year has been filled with opportunities for all and without the support of the Middle School Team, many areas would not have succeeded. Thank-you to Mr Nicholas Arnold (Year 7 Co-Ordinator), Ms Cian Barrie (Year 8 Co-Ordinator), Miss Jacinta Wilson (Year 9 Co-Ordinator), Mr Peter Allen (Wellbeing Co-Ordinator) and Mrs Judy Anderson (Assistant Principal).

I would also like to thank the 2018 Middle School Leaders who stepped up time and time again to help students and staff on activities and represented our school in many areas in the community.

Over the Middle School Year we have had a camp, excursions, incursions, special days, guest speakers, expo’s, information nights, special days with the community, sports days, production participants all while completing work to the best of the students ability.

I wish everyone a safe and restful break, refreshed for 2019.



Mrs Melissa Robinson

Middle School Leader

Rotary Interact Middle School Student Leaders

The 2019 Middle School Student Leaders spent a day at East Doncaster Secondary College for the Annual Interact Training, where representatives from various Colleges participated in leadership and project workshops. Our students: Jordan Plant, Lachlan Palmer, Jasmine Kleinman and Megan Norton enjoyed the opportunity to meet student leaders and plan our Interact projects. We continue to thank the Glen Waverly Rotary Club for their ongoing support of our students and projects.

*Lachlan, Jordan, Jasmine and Megan – at the Rotary Interact Training Day

Toy And Book Appeal

Thank you to all our students, staff and families for their generous donations of Toys and Books for The Smith Family Christmas Project. Deliveries were made this week for the distribution to families in need.

This project was again supported by our 2018 Rotary Interact Students and the Glen Waverley. An awesome effort.

Miss Jacinta Wilson

Year 8 Coordinator


Careers @ Middle School

Year 7 & 8

Effective careers and transition programs are a vital component of school strategies to improve student engagement and increase school completion. Wheelers Hill Secondary College provides every young person with careers advice to support them to make informed and effective decisions, so that they can have every opportunity to succeed, and lead fulfilling and productive lives.

Career Action Plans (CAPs) and associated support, are used to assist students with making successful transitions through their year levels at secondary school. It assists them to work towards achieving their personal goals and plan for future education, training or full-time employment. Completion of CAPs also provides additional support to students at risk of disengaging or not making a successful transition to further education, training or secure employment.

Overall, CAP aims to help young people to:

  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of education, training and employment options, and
  • Develop skills to effectively manage their careers and pathways throughout their lives.

On Monday 3rd December all Year 7 & 8 students attended a ‘Career Action Planning’ session in the Library. This session covered topics such as; the meaning of a Career, Three Stages of Career Development and what influences career choices. Students were introduced to the school’s career website (www.whsccareers.com) and the ‘career targets’ on the home page which links their favourite subject to possible career options. It was great to see so many enthusiastic students participating during this session.

Finally, students opened their own ‘careers account’ via the ‘student secure area’ section of the website where they got to complete their Career Action Plan’. This plan will remain with students throughout their time at Wheelers Hill Secondary College. Students have been encouraged to keep updating their CAPs as often as they need to. The more current their plan is the more targeted assistance can be provided to them. Parent’s access to their child’s CAP is controlled by each student. This is a great opportunity for parents to engage in career conversations with their teenager, and provide extra support outside the school.

Year 10 Work Experience 2019

The Work Experience Program is a major part of the Year 10 curriculum at Wheelers Hill Secondary College and therefore all year 10 students are required to participate. The Year 10 Work Experience Program in 2019 will run for one week during,


All year 9 students attended a ‘Welcome to Work Experience’ session on Wednesday 12th December. The benefits of undertaking work experience are many including, developing employability skills, exploring possible career options, increasing self-awareness which helps answer questions such as What am I good at?, What work values are important to me?, Where do my interests lie? Apart from also building self-confidence and making industry contacts a meaningful placement can also assist with choosing VCE subjects.

The session on Wednesday focused on the importance of undertaking a placement that was meaningful, that is, in an interest area students wish to ‘try out’. The session also touched on how to decide which placement to undertake, where to look and apply for a placement, and when placements need to be organised by. Students were also lucky enough to hear from two of our current year 10 students, Paige Cherry & Brooke Johnston on the placement they undertook this year. We thank them for their time and valuable insights. Finally, a Work Experience Kit, outlining in detail how to organise a placement was provided to students and has also been emailed to year 9 families for reference.


Copies of the Work Experience Agreement form can be accessed via the school’s career website (www.whsccareers.com) by clicking on the Workplace Learning tab and then the Required Documents tab. Prior to submitting work experience forms to myself or Futures Teachers, students must have the employer, student and parent sections of the form completed first. I will then arrange for the school Principal to sign this agreement.


There are several places students can look to find work…asking family and friends, teachers, approaching local businesses and even searching for companies on the internet. Students are strongly encouraged to start early with sourcing a placement to ensure that they secure one that they will benefit from the most. It has been proven that a good work experience can lead to a career, but that a great experience can inspire a passion! We encourage all students to keep this in mind when arranging their placement. Placements and all paperwork need to be completed by 10th May 2019.

Finally, I would like wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to supporting you in 2019.


Voula Jakubicki

Careers Coordinator

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